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Farrell shortlisted for gigantic media centre in China

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Terry Farrell & Partners has been shortlisted for a massive multi-media centre and housing scheme near Hong Kong.

The 250,000m2 development on China's south-coast town of Guangzhou, formerly Canton, will be for the publisher of the area's daily newspaper. It will include a media centre, exhibition hall, publishing hq and housing on a single block of land, arranged around several courtyards.

Farrell has been shortlisted with Paris-based adp and Miami partnership Arquitectonica, according to Doug Streeter of Terry Farrell & Partners. 'It is a very advanced media corporation and extremely well kitted out already,' he said.

First new town for 30 years planned for Cambridge

yrm and Ove Arup are behind a bold plan to build the first new town in the uk since 1970 to 'protect and complement' Cambridge.

Cambridge New Town, the brainchild of multimillionaire businessmen Peter Dawe and Wyndham Thomas (former chief executive of Peterborough New Town Development Corporation), would deal with the expansion of the city and its sub-region over the next 20 years, without breaking the green belt. The new town is planned to accommodate a population of 50,000, in around 20,000 new homes. It would be funded by a mixture of private and public money.

The MoD-owned site of Oakington Airfield has been earmarked, and ties in with a suggestion made last week by tcpa chair Sir Peter Hall, for a series of new towns, including one centred on Cambridge and the A14 corridor and another, Mercia, between Rugby, Corby and Milton Keynes, to include a settlement named after the Princess of Wales.

The MoD has appointed Shepheard Epstein Hunter as architect for a £40 million housing scheme for 484 new homes at Tidworth in Wiltshire. The project, to replace 533 properties on the 1960s-built Mathew and Avon Estates, will house soldiers' families in three- and four-bedroom houses with garages and gardens, clustered in neighbourhoods. The brief stressed life-cycle costing, energy conservation and environmental issues. The phased demolition and rebuild is due to complete at the end of 2003.

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